Kenley railway station

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Kenley National Rail
Kenley Railway Station - Main Building.JPG
Kenley Station main building on Kenley Lane
Kenley is located in Greater London
Location of Kenley in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Managed bySouthern
Station codeKLY
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms2
Fare zone6
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Decrease 0.418 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 0.412 million[2]
2018–19Increase 0.436 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 0.426 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 88,514[2]
Key dates
5 August 1856Opened as Coulsdon
November 1856Renamed Kenley
1899Branch was double-tracked
Other information
External links
WGS8451°19′29″N 0°06′03″W / 51.3246°N 0.1007°W / 51.3246; -0.1007Coordinates: 51°19′29″N 0°06′03″W / 51.3246°N 0.1007°W / 51.3246; -0.1007
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Kenley railway station serves Kenley in the London Borough of Croydon in south London. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southern, and it is in Travelcard Zone 6, on the Caterham Line 16 miles 29 chains (26.3 km) from London Charing Cross. The station is served by trains from Caterham to Purley, East Croydon, London Bridge and London Victoria. It is the last station on this line located within the Greater London area, however Oyster fares are available up to and including the end of the line at Caterham.

On the London-bound platform (Platform 1) is a manned ticket office (staffed during some peak hours) and a self-service passenger-operated Ticket Machine. A second self-service Ticket Machine is available just outside the Caterham-bound platform (Platform 2) which is suitably located to purchase tickets for the car park which is also located on this side.

The nearest station with more substantial staffed hours is Purley.

Station history[edit]

Kenley station, viewed from the road bridge on Hayes Lane

Kenley station was originally opened to passengers along with the line on 5 August 1856 as Coulsdon by the Caterham Railway.[3] In November the same year, the station was renamed Kenley.

A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Kenley railway station

On Platform 2 stands a gabled Grade II listed building station house in the "Old English style of Domestic Architecture" (architect: Richard Whittall)[4] and is similar to the original building at Caterham. This was the original station building which housed a small waiting room for passengers and the original ticket office. In 1899 when the Caterham line was made double-track, a new brick Ticket Office was built on the opposite Platform at road level. The original station house was disused and boarded up for a long time, but protected by its listed status. The house was then sold to a private owner in 2007 following refurbishment.

The original SER timber-built waiting shelter on Platform 2 was demolished in more recent times due to disrepair and has been replaced with a small modern waiting shelter.

An accessible ramp was installed on the London bound platform (Platform 1) in 2006–7 providing step-free access to this platform.

In 2010 the station became staffed full-time under Southern's current franchise agreement. The station is currently supposed to be staffed from the first train in the morning to the last train in the evening, however is rarely staffed outside of peak hours weekdays.

In 2018 an Amazon Locker point was added to the car park at the station, followed by an InPost Locker point by Hermes in 2021.

In 2014, a new cycle rack was installed outside Platform 1, this contains security lighting and 8 bike parking spaces.


All services at Kenley are operated by Southern using Class 377 and 455 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[5]

During the peak hours, the stopping services to London Bridge do not run and the station is served by fast trains to London Victoria instead.

On Sundays, the service is reduced to 2 tph and the service to London Bridge calls at all stations via Forest Hill.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
SouthernCaterham Line


London Buses routes 407 and 434 serve the station.[6]


  1. ^ "Network Map". Southern. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Biddle, Gordon; Nock, O. S. (1983). The Railway Heritage of Britain. London: Michael Joseph. p. 200. ISBN 0-7181-2355-7.
  4. ^ "Kenley Station House (Original 1856 Building), Kenley, Croydon".
  5. ^ Table 181 National Rail timetable, May 2020
  6. ^ "Buses from Kenley" (PDF). TfL. July 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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